Former Ronald Reagan advisor, Alan Keyes, is helping to promote a drink called “Miracle Mineral Solutions” (MMS), which claims to be the solution for curing HIV, malaria, hepatitis, common colds, the flu, cancer, and even autism.
However, according to a report from the Daily Beast, MMS’s ingredients, when mixed, create an industrial bleach called chlorine dioxide. Ingesting it can lead to kidney failure, life-threatening hemolysis, as well as nausea and vomiting.
In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning for people not to drink the solution after a NBC News investigation discovered over 2,100 cases of chlorine poisoning in the U.S. since 2014.
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“Miracle Mineral Solution has not been approved by the FDA for any use, but these products continue to be promoted on social media as a remedy for treating autism, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and flu, among other conditions,” the FDA in an August statement. “However, the solution, when mixed, develops into a dangerous bleach which has caused serious and potentially life-threatening side effects.”
IAMtv, a conservative digital channel streaming on YouTube and Roku, has been MMS's loudest proponent. The channel, which according to IAMtv is “backed by Dr. Alan Keyes,” has made several broadcasts praising the false hopes around MMS.
Right-wing pundit Keyes has a show on the channel called Let's Talk America. Last month, he streamed an episode called “Is Our Healthcare System Holding Back?” and featured a woman who claimed she reversed her child’s autism by making him drink MMS.
Furthermore, Keyes is helping the channel distribute MMS bottles to children in developing countries.
“I think a lot of common sense is now being deployed by folks who have been personally affected [by autism] as often happens in the healthcare sphere but it’s not very popular these days to talk about these things,” he said in the broadcast (see below).
Despite the fact that it’s proven to be poisonous, MMS has grown in popularity over the last few months.
The term first appeared in 2006 in a book by Jim Humble, a former Scientologist who claims that he used MMS to cure “thousands of cases of malaria and HIV in South American and Africa,” reports Daily Beast.
The MMS movement has since found new followers on social media.
“I'm convinced that chlorine dioxide is going to be what God uses to bring down Big Pharma,” IAMtv host Bob Sisson said in an October episode of Let’s Talk America titled “Big Pharma: The Truth of MMS.”
In the episode, Sisson encouraged viewers to buy MMS, saying, “I do know that it will detox your body and then God himself will heal you. And we're finding in like in Uganda, curing malaria and poisoning and diabetes and AIDS by the way. It's amazing."
Additionally, MMS has even been marketed by online stores such as Amazon. According to Pink News, MMS even had the “Amazon’s Choice” tag on the site.
“In point of fact it’s something that’s been used in hospitals, in restaurants, as a cleaner, in areas where they are preparing food and that has implications for human ingestion,” Keyes stated on his show about MMS, dismissing criticism as “the cacophony of noise that’s being used to confuse people about what they’re dealing with.”
Indeed, MMS is used as an industrial cleaner much like Draino , Comet, Lysol, and other cleaning products that are poisonous when ingested.
Keyes also has a deep homophobic history. After disowning his only daughter in 2005 when she came out as a lesbian, as Pink News reports, he once compared marriage equality to that of people’s rights to “pick their nose and eat their boogers.”
For those ingesting MMS because they have been told it will "cure" their ailments, it is recommended by the FDA that they stop immediately and consult their doctors.